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Beck's Dark | Brauerei Beck & Co.

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Brauerei Beck & Co.
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Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2001

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Photo of Snow81
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark amber glow

Smell: heavy malty sweetness with a hint of a skunk note

Head: Nice thick rich light tan head

Taste: Carmel sweet with a little grain or grass note

Weight: Low to medium body with a high carbonation

Finish: Grassiness with the skunk note that lingers

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Photo of Jishguy
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Poured a black but minimally translucent body with a slightly off white/mocha head. Lacing was average.

S- Smelled of skunk with a bit of caramel. Very faint roasted malts.

T- Gave off an immediate "skunk" taste. Quickly followed by a mixture of roasted and burnt malts with a slight hint of brown sugar? Molasses? Not overly complex yet not extremely basic. Definitely rides the cut.

M- Slightly creamy. Medium carbonation. A bit dry for my taste. Very subtle alcohol sting.

D- Sits somewhat heavy. Leaves you relatively full.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes at Old Chicago (2002: Pours cola-esque into the glass. Mine had almost no head nor lacing. Aromas are somewhat sour and hops. The body of this beer grows/builds through the finish, as initial flavors are a bit dry. I pick up lightly roasted notes, with increasing bitterness. Hops continue in the finish even after the pull has concluded. Honestly, since the brew doesn't come to fruition until much later, the body initially feel thin, due to a (possible) overcarbonated, watery contingency. Thus, this leaves a highly mediocre impression. Not terrible, but overall, just middle of the road.

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Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Kostritzer's but I recently I had a Beck's Dark and was very surprised how much I liked it. I've gotten some more and am now enjoying it, probably more than Kostritzer's.

A= black, light head and lacing.

S= beautiful aroma of florals especially for a Dunkel.

T= although it's called a Dunkel it's almost identical to a Schwarz but better because of the beautiful hops nose, hops flavor and some nice dryness. There's some molasses in there but very well balanced by the bitters and dryness. Rather multi-dimensional for a Dunkel or a Schwarz.

M= dry, with some hops florals to savor.

D= very drinkable in session or single.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark (but not black) for certain, with solid lacing.

Smell is a familiar semi-skunkiness, similar to Beck's lager or Heineken (or St. Pauli Girl lager).

Flavor is slightly bitter and skunky, but certainly not bad. Decent and quite drinkable, but not one I'd repurchase.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beck's Dark has a medium, frothy, beige head and a clear, dark brown appearance, with moderate carbonation. A little bit of scattered lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is of roasted barley and water, but it is essentially very faint. Taste is of barley and coffee, but there is a subtle hop note on the back end. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Beck's Dark finishes easy drinking and semi-dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this and highly recommend giving it a try.


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Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Date: 12/23/10
Expiration Date:

Glassware: Large Mug

Appearance: Dark...almost black, but light shines through sides of mug where drink is thin and reveals a clear brown color. Head dissipates pretty quickly, but there was a little that stuck around.

Smell: smelled like malt and in some way also smelled clean and crisp. pretty good smell but nothing special.

Taste: I was expecting to be dissappointed by this beer, but I enjoyed it, especially the first few sips. The roasted malt taste hit me immediately and had a burnt flavor to it that I have not encountered before. This was surprising but not unpleasant. The malt flavor continues its presence in varying degrees as it passed through. Not a complex brew but reasonably full-flavored.

Mouthfeel: Good bit of tingly carbonation. light-bodied.

Drinkability: I could drink a couple in a sitting but no more. The flavor is good but since it was mostly a one dimensional roasted malt flavor my taste buds got used to it after half the beer or so and began tuning out.

Notes: I enjoyed this beer. Seems like a decent, reliable brew good. I would buy it again.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.14/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Dark copper tones with medium fluffy head and nice lace.

S- Sweet malts, caramels, fruity tones, and a good dose of skunk.

T- Skunk over-rides it all, but there are undertones of toffee and caramel, toasted malts.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, but overall watery

D- Watery, boring beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.34/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy, off- white head, a lot of lacing. Regular grassy aroma of European macro with some hints of toasted malt. Light-medium body. Taste is of burnt malt and some unpleasant bitterness (I'm curious what are they using instead of hops). Long, bitter finish. At least I did not buy it.

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Photo of anakar
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It's just like any cheap germandutch (like Hineken).
Looks: just black, no depth and not clean like a stout, coke-like head

Smell: It's only good feature, lures into thinking its pretty good

Taste: Hineken, and it cost me more and I don't like Hineken

Goes Down: It's OK, but yet again, it doesn't feel dark, it feels like a pale regular beer. And if you really care - fairly low alc (5%)

I didn't like it

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a standard pint glass. best before 08.2011.

pours out a clear brownish color, ruby red in the light. fizzy light tan head that faded to a thin ring pretty quick. no lace.

aromas of toasted grains, mineral water, a bit of fruits, lager yeast, and floral herbal tea hops.

sweet toasty grains, a touch nutty. lager yeast funk. mineral water. herbal tea hops, with a bit of bitterness. decent balance.

smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body. a bit over carbed, a little fizzy at first.

drinkable for sure, easy to session, but i would pick so many more beers over this for the price. i prolly wont buy this again.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a Mass Krug. Clear freshness date of JUL 2011 is given on the back. It poured out with a deep brown color and a 3/8 inch head that sticks around. Carbonation is present but minimal. It smells like toasted malt and grassy hops, overall balanced between the two. Sweet grainy malt, with toasted caramel malts, and a grassy hop back. More malty than hoppy by a 60/40 margin. Not bad but simple. Mouthfeel is thin carbonation is there but does not obstruct the easy swilling of this beer creating remarkable drinkability. This beer hits all the notes of what a Dunkel should be, easy gulping sociable beer that can be drunk by the liter. Solid beer correct to style.

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Photo of weeare138
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dense dark brown with a transparent outer edge. A small off white head quickly fades into a mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, cracked grain, a toch of toffee, and mild skunk.
Taste is of the aromas with a gentle fruitiness up front followed by a yeasty bread and dark grain.
Mouthfeel medium bodied, spritzy, and mildly bitey.

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Photo of mnrider
3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12. oz green bottle. Has freshness date.

A: Pours a shinny dark brown with a thin white head, which does not last very long. Leaves little lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Malty and clean.

T/M: Medium carbonation with a mild crispness. malts are strongest with grains and hops floating around. Not the best aftertaste and leaves the mouth a little dry.

D: It's okay. Not something I'd really see myself drinking again. The brew doesn't really do it for me, regarding the style.


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Photo of marcobrau
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've had an odd craving for a dark lager lately so I couldn't resist an $11 12-pack of Beck's Dark. Poured at first in a glass stein to observe color and head formation and then a ceramic stein for drinking. (There's something about a ceramic stein that enhances the mouthfeel of the German lagers.) Pours brown with oodles of foam that forms a somewhat rocky head that sadly drops to nothing eventually. Smells a bit like burnt caramel and roasted grain. The aroma is by no means overpowering, but it is also not weak. Tastes of wet malt, touch burnt grains, a hint of toffee with some acceptable hop bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel falls short of creamy and ends up coming across a bit watery, but this is beer meant to quaff or chug, not to sip.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with best before date on back. poured into a pokal glass.

pours a medium, mahogany brown with some amber highlights. got a finger of foamy tan head that calmed quick. no lace.

smell is a little floral and a little roasty with a slight medicinal quality.

taste wise i get a light roast first that fades into a sweeter, cola like flavor. has some light coffee notes and a clean sort of bitterness that comes in at the end to help balance things out.

body is the lighter side of medium with a coarse co2 profile.

an easy drinker for sure and fits the style. not a great beer by any means, but good enough to drink if it's around.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Very dark amber in color, almost brown. Two fingers worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Seems to have a pretty balanced smell. I can't seem to smell it being more toward the hoppy or malty side.

Taste - A little bit of a bitterness from the hops, but that is subdued by something else...something just a bit sweet. Not too strong of an aftertaste, but it's there.

Mouthfeel - Medium..good balance between thickness and wateriness.

Drinkability - Not too bad for a darker beer from Becks. I'm not of a fan of their pilsener, but this style I like better. Not very fulfilling in terms of taste complexity, but the taste isn't bad, and the aftertaste not too strong. Easy enough to come back to.

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Photo of beers2danno
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I started drinking this in College on tap at a restuarant that served minors unknowingly. Since then I still enjoy it with a steak and when it is on sale. I wouldn't pay $14 for a 12er, but $10 or $11 is ok.
A...clear coffee colored with light tan head, holds for a short period of time.
S...roasted malty aroma only when head is still there.
T...creamy, toasted maltiness, somewhat coffee like.
M...like a German dark beer should be, slightly heavy but not alot, somewhat carbonated.
D...It goes great with a steak and probably other red meats, i'll try it with a medium rare burger next.

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Photo of darkmartin
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours to a dark, reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Head doesn't seem to last long and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Fairly grainy, with slight traces of toasted malts.

Taste: Flavor is quite bland, very faint evidence of hops and grassy tones.

Mouthfeel: Clean with very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Very average taste makes it bearable when superior choices are unavailable.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance is a nice brown color, super clear with a thick head on that bears pretty good retention and lacing.
S- smell is of toasted malt, a bit of hoppiness, but mostly just malt and "import lager" smell.
T- Taste is initially malty, but has some metallic element to it common to foreign imports. The hops seem a little lost, as they are present but didn't seem to fuse in with the rest of the beer properly.
M- this, for me was where the beer went wrong. too thin and the carbonation was a little bit to sharp when i wanted smooth.
D- this is a decent session beer, and if you're looking for a beck's/heiniken/amstel type beer, this is actually not a bad choice. all in all, it just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with reddish hues. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Very grainy with hints of grassy hops. A slight spiciness comes out here as well.

Taste: Starts with a grassy hop bitterness. Develops into a sweet, malty finish with hints of toastiness. Has an unfortunate metallic taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery...

Drinkability: A pretty boring lager. I definitely wouldn't pay for this again. There are much better beers for the price.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.67/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a large off-white head that leaves behind pretty thick lace.

Smell: Grainy, with some floral and herbal notes and lots of grassiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel beginning with a grassier finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with sharp carbonation and a watery finish.

Drinkability: This beer is largely unimpressive- not terrible, but nothing I would try to have again.

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Photo of wesclaypool
1.94/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A favorite of my mom's, so a mother's day review is in order.

a - Stays true to its title, very dark with dark amber/brown color where the light comes through. Pretty decent head upon initial pour, but faded quickly.

s - Not much going on in terms of smell. Standard, crisp lager-type smell.

t - Bitter at first with no real aftertaste. Can't really discern any special flavors that pop out.

m - Thin, crisp carbonation.

d - Not bad if its all you have, certainly drinkable. Wouldn't go out of my way for it though.

Not my favorite, sorry mom. Happy Mother's Day anyway!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured the color was a dark amber with very little light tan foam and no lace. The smell had a hint of roasted malts and hop's. The taste had a nice balance of bitter/sweetness for a German Lager. This was a pleasent surprise for a mass produced German Lager!

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Photo of SAABtech
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was introduced to this beer from an old boss. i think he drank it so that no one else would ask for one... normal appearance, smell but sub par taste stale, oxidized finish that remindes me of pecan shell bitterness.
drinkable because nothing is very intense. kind of bland if you dont think about it much.

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Beck's Dark from Brauerei Beck & Co.
71 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.